Friday, October 4, 2013

TVBT: WEAK AT THE KNEES by Jo Kessel, #giveaway @tastybooktours (Reviewed by Nikki)

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“We got so busy living life that we forgot to live our dreams.”
Danni Lewis has been playing it safe for twenty-six years, but her sheltered existence is making her feel old ahead of time. When a sudden death plunges her into a spiral of grief, she throws caution to the wind and runs away to France in search of a new beginning.
The moment ski instructor Olivier du Pape enters her shattered world she falls hard, in more ways than one.
Their mutual desire is as powerful and seductive as the mountains around them. His dark gypsy looks and piercing blue eyes are irresistible.
Only she must resist, because he has a wife – and she’d made a pact to never get involved with a married man.
But how do you choose between keeping your word and being true to your soul?
Weak at the Knees is Jo’s debut novel in the new adult, contemporary romance genre – a story about love, loss and relationships, set between London and the heart of the French Alps.
I loved Danni. She was a funny, quirky and relatable. The fact that the book was set in England was great.  I did not get some of the references but it did not drag me from the story.  Breaking out of your comfort zone to reach for the dream of having it all is a great storyline.
The story itself reads like a memoir with dialog. Showing only Danni’s point of view. Which was really good because it distracted you that she was having an affair with a married man. I was glad that she was conflicted about the whole thing and that she could not help falling in love with him because their love was too great. Sleeping is the wife’s bed I did not enjoy.
In some places, I was saying, “what was he thinking” so it would have been nice to know what Oliver’s deal was. I found it difficult to justify a man cheating on his wife. If he was that unhappy leave, don’t stay until something better comes around. It made me not like him as much as I should.
I really liked when she left with Rod. It was relatable, a quick hot fling with a handsome ski instructor, no better way to get over a boring life.
It also served as the rebound to clear way to find her true love in Oliver.
Oliver and Danni had real chemistry it was easy to see way they were drawn together. The ups and down of their relationship made for a real roller coaster ride.
The additional storyline of the best friend dying added an emotional pull to the book as a whole and pulled it all together nicely.

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About Jo
Jo Kessel is a journalist, working for the BBC and reporting and presenting for ITV on holiday, consumer and current affairs programs. She writes for several national newspapers in the UK including the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, the Guardian and the Express and was the anonymous author of the Independent’s hit column: Diary of a Primary School Mum.
When Jo was ten years old she wrote a short story about losing a loved one. Her mother and big sister were so moved by the tale that it made them cry. Having reduced them to tears she vowed that the next time she wrote a story it would make them smile instead. Happily she succeeded and with this success grew an addiction for wanting to reach out and touch people with words. Jo lives in London with her husband and three children. She loves traveling and since becoming a mother anything even remotely sad makes her cry. She’s a sucker for a good romance and tearjerker movies are the worst. She’s that woman in the cinema, struggling to muffle audible wails as everyone else turns round to stare.
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Cindy B. said...

This sounds like a very good story at a different location than I've read about so far.

Victoria Zumbrum said...

I would love to read this book. Sounds really good. Thanks for the giveaway.

Joanna Kessel said...

Thank you so much for having me on your tasty site today Lisa! Jo

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BookLady said...

What an exciting book! Thanks for sharing.

felicia sidoma said...

Jo: Have you ever been to France? Did you go to French Alps before you wrote the book?

Joanna Kessel said...

Felicia, yes, I worked and lived for two years in the French Alps, so I am very familiar with it and they are a very special place! I hope (and think) that comes across in the book!

TerrieLynn61 said...

Concept of this book is a little different. I am looking forward to reading this book.

Quilt Lady said...

Love the cover of your book and it sounds like a great read. Would love to read it. I am entering under the name of Virginia H